December 18, 2015
What's the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?
The Prize by Dale Russakoff is a balanced and close observation of how Newark schools spent the $100 million gift from Mark Zuckerberg. That it made little to no impact on the daily lives of students is both sad and surprising. Russakoff doesn't pit charter schools vs. public schools, but rather shines a light on the realities of operating a large urban district plagued by poverty. Necessary reading for district leaders and for anyone looking for a better understanding of the complexities of public education today.
While I selected a school-related text, I encourage you to recommend any book you want, fiction or nonfiction. Below is a Google Form where you can enter your brief recommendation. For next week's Wednesday Wonderings, I will post all of your reviews. This is a voluntary activity. It should be fun!
Dr. Dickmann Visits Howe
Representative Scott Krug did not show up for his scheduled visit. We found an excellent substitute in our district superintendent. Gavin, Elly, and Calleigh from Mrs. Heyroth's class gave an excellent tour of Howe for Colleen.
Mrs. Scharmer, noon aide, has accepted our offer for the special education aide position vacated by Denise Provost. She will stay in her long term third grade position until January. We will be posting for Tammy's noon aide opening in January. Congratulations Tammy!
Not sure how to structure conversation for students? Start simple. In Sue's class, she had students summarize their thinking about a concept they were learning with each other in small groups. One person spoke while the others listened and then asked questions or gave comments. Allowing students to verbalize their thinking can help deepen understanding.